Joy As Seyi Makinde Of Oyo Pledges To Increase Corps Members Allowance From 5k To 15k.
In the midst of a quest to scrap the National Youth Service Corps ( NYSC) by some of the lawmakers, Seyi Makinde out of his goodwill promised to increase their allowance from #5,000 to # 15000, during his visit to one of the NYSC camps at Iseyin on Thursday.
“We visited the NYSC Permanent Orientation Camp at Iseyin this evening. I assured the youth corps members that we would address the issues raised by the Commandant about the state of the camp. I also told them we would increase their allowance from N5,000 to N15,000,” he tweeted on his official Twitter account.
The endless killings of the corps members in the country have made many people begin to question the relevance of the one-year programme initiated after the war to reintegrate different ethnicities together. This attitude seems to have influenced the lawmakers who moved a motion to scrap the programme.
National Youth Service Corps was established in 1973 by the military government, under the regime of Yakubu Gowon to foster unity after the Nigerian Civil war ended on January 15 1970. To bring the already ethnically divided Nigeria together, the one-year programme was formed to draw people from different background together. The recent overthrowing of peace in the country has made people oppose the programme while some still want it to remain.
A lot of people were incommoded by the motion and urged the government to tackle insecurity instead of scrapping the one-year programme meant for graduates under 30 years of age.
Due to the poor security system, the National Youth Service Management has decided to abandon the initial procedures of sending the corps members to insecure regions. Many see this move as a gradual ending of the programme, but this kind gesture displayed by the Oyo State governor, Seyi Makinde, will encourage the youths to go ahead.